How to Plant Hollyhocks

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To plant hollyhocks, use seeds or roots covered with compost or potting soil and grow them in groups of two or three. Cut hollyhocks down when they finish blooming to prevent the plants from taking over with tips from a sustainable gardener in this free... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about how to plant hollyhocks. Now, hollyhocks are a gorgeous addition to your garden. They can get ten feet tall with lots of papery, poppy-like flowers all up and down. And, they can grow by seed. You can start 'em in the spring by seed, or you can start 'em anytime of the year by root, and they're a really easy, easy plant to grow. These hollyhocks have been beat up. It's already December, and they've died back a bit, and the deer have gotten to 'em. And, as you notice, there's little seed pods up and down, all over. So I can take these seed pods and save 'em and plant 'em in the spring, or I can just start 'em by the root, right now. And in the wintertime or the fall, in the mild climates, is the best time to start 'em, or even in the spring, anytime they're not blooming. They're so easy to grow. And you can start the seeds pretty much anytime, as well. And, at this time of year, too, when they're already just kind of cutting back and dying back, I like to cut 'em down to where there's a branch. And then there's some eyes. And as you can see, there's little buds forming, right here, so I know it'll grow. So I can just cut it right to that point, and then just set 'em in the ground. And make sure that the roots are covered, but the stem's coming out of the ground. You don't want to have it coming up too far, either. But yet, with hollyhocks, they are so easy to grow as long as you have a piece of root or a seed, they will come back. And so when I plant it, I just want to plant 'em in groups of two or three. I don't like to just do one by itself, 'cause I found they'll do better in groups than by themselves. And again, I'm finding another friend for it. And, I'm going to put both of these guys in the pot, and I'm going to put 'em just a few inches apart. And, I like to plant 'em so that the roots are covered, but the stem is out of the ground. I could even throw these in a bucket of water for a while, and they'll just continue to root. So even if I don't get to planting them right away, just throwing them in a bucket of water's really easy. And my trick is to put 'em in compost or potting soil. You can use any type of soil, they'll grow in almost anything. But compost or potting soil is the best. And if you have a larger pot that you're using, you can always save space by putting some sticks and stones and moss and branches in the bottom half, and then have more soil on the top half. And if I'm putting them right into the ground, I'll just put 'em right into the ground. And, the thing about hollyhocks is they reseed themselves. So, even if you start with one or two plants, the seeds will drop and you will have them everywhere. So you almost have to be careful with them, or cut 'em down before they actually go to seed. As soon as the blooms start fading, you just cut 'em down, and that way they won't reseed and you won't have 'em all over the property. But hollyhocks are such a beautiful flower, and so easy to grow, from seed or from roots.